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Rep. Gowdy: House Oversight Has Launched Porter Probe

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Wednesday, 14 Feb 2018 11:59 AM

The chairman of the House's main investigative committee ramped up pressure on White House chief of staff John Kelly with a letter seeking answers on who knew about spouse abuse allegations against a former top White House aide and when they knew it.

House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, a South Carolina Republican, said he was launching an investigation of the White House's handling of the security clearance for former Staff Secretary Rob Porter.

It raises the prospect of extended public embarrassment for the administration as White House and FBI officials could face questioning in front of a hostile committee, led by the president's own party.

Gowdy told CNN that the panel started the probe into the episode Tuesday night after FBI Director Christopher Wray told lawmakers that the bureau provided the White House the results of a background investigation of Porter as early as July. The report included abuse allegations by Porter's two ex-wives, a person familiar with the matter said.

“How in the hell was he still employed?” Gowdy said in a CNN interview Wednesday morning. The Republican lawmaker said the committee launched a probe Tuesday night and that he wants to know “who knew what, when, and to what extent.”

House Speaker Paul Ryan quickly gave public backing to the investigation.

“If a person who commits domestic violence gets into government, then there's a breakdown of the system, there's a breakdown in the vetting system, and that breakdown needs to be addressed,” Ryan told reporters Wednesday morning.

Gowdy also requested detailed information of the Trump administration's clearance procedures and a timeline of how damaging information on Porter was handled.

Letters Gowdy sent to Kelly and to Wray give them two weeks to provide information from both White House and FBI records

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The chairman of the House's main investigative committee ramped up pressure on White House chief of staff John Kelly with a letter seeking answers on who knew about spouse abuse allegations against a former top White House aide and when they knew it....
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